The time of year is currently that of the humble exam. For a more detailed explanation of the way English students are assessed on an Erasmus year in Italy, please see my previous posts here and also here. There you’ll find the differences between the Italian (Torinese) and English system explained fairly clearly.
What I’m writing about here is something more specific: the earliest and the latest your Erasmus year may end. The student actually has quite a lot of power of this. Generally each exam is available to be taken on four greatly-spaced-out dates. That usually means the last third of May, the first half of June, the second half of June, and the first half of July. If you’re prepared, you can try to take all your exams at the first possible opportunity and be done with all the work by the end of May. If you’re not as confident you can make sure all your exams are as far away from each other as possible. I wouldn’t recommend counting on the July dates though — Leicester generally prefers it if you can be signed off and done with before the start of July.
A word of warning: the day scheduled for the exam is not necessarily the day on which you take the exam. It’s the day you find out the order in which the exam will be taken, and if there’s a lot of students showing up you may find yourself taking the exam the day after, or the day after. So you have to leave your options open. It’s orals so they have to be taken pretty much one at a time. Hey, I didn’t make the system.
Wishing the best to all those taking exams at this time of year. And remember: only cheat if you’re fully sure the wise old examiner will admire your ‘go-getter pluck’. Movies have taught me this.